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John B. Smith, Sr. interview

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Creator:Smith, Sr., John B.
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:John B. Smith, Sr. interview
Date:2005 Oct. 4

In this interview, John B. Smith, Sr. describes his involvement in publishing the Atlanta Inquirer newspaper, which was established in August 1960. Smith became the CEO of the newspaper in 1985. He discusses An Appeal for Humans Rights (1960) and how the Atlanta Inquirer played a significant role in reporting information from students’ perspectives of the Atlanta Student Movement. Smith also recalls the division between the leadership of the old guard of the black community in Atlanta, Georgia, and the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

John B. Smith, Sr. was born in LaGrange, Georgia and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1954 to attend Morehouse College. He enlisted in the United States Army after graduation and was discharged in 1960. He assisted in the founding of the Atlanta Inquirer Newspaper and worked in the Atlanta Public School System for thirty years.

Local identification number: VIS 180.027.001

Subjects:Smith, John | Mays, Benjamin E. (Benjamin Elijah), 1894-1984 | Hill, Jesse, 1926-2012 | Warner, Clinton | Black, Charles | King, Lonnie | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Education | Race discrimination | Race relations | African Americans--Suffrage | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Atlanta Inquirer (Firm) | Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) | Royal Peacock | Atlanta Daily World (Firm) | Rich's (Retail store) | Lockheed Corporation | Atlanta University Center (Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | United States, Georgia, Troup County, La Grange, 33.03929, -85.03133
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
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MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry RD, Atlanta, GA 30305

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